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Mississippi Scholars of Simpson County Banquet is schedule for Tuesday, May 2, 2023.

The Mississippi Scholars Initiative is an education program managed by the Public Education Forum of Mississippi, which utilizes business leaders to motivate students to complete a rigorous course of study in high school.  This course path gives students a boost – not just for college but for life.

Guest Speaker for the evening will be Mitchell Williams.

Prior to being hired with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Mitchell Williams worked at WDAM-TV for 27 years, serving as sports director for 20 of those years. While at WDAM, the sports department was cited by the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters for excellence on 40 different occasions including being named the states’ best sportscaster 8 of the last 10 years. While at WDAM, he provided coverage for over 15,000 sporting events. He was called to FCA in 2011, 14 months after leading the funeral for former NFL MVP Steve McNair on July 11, 2009.

While now serving as FCA Multi-Area Director for Southeast Mississippi and Football Chaplain for the Southern Miss football team since 2015, the local growth of the this nation’s oldest and most reliable athletic ministry has been tremendous.

With just one staff member at the time of his calling to FCA, the Southeast Mississippi Chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes now has a team of 29 full-time, part-time and volunteer staff serving over 120 middle and high schools, six community colleges and two universities from Meridian to the Gulf Coast.

A licensed and ordained minister, he attended North Forrest and Southern Miss, where he lettered every year in cross country, indoor and outdoor track. He was enshrined in the USM M-Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. And in February of this year, Mitchell was honored by the Hattiesburg Convention Commission as part of “Generations Strong,” for being one of the most inspiring African Americans in the city of Hattiesburg’s history. (


Mitchell and his wife Shelia are the parents of four boys, grandparents and are members of Grace Temple Church. is an online news website covering Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.

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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.



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